STNBB: The Sequel - Avro Lancaster B.I (F.E)

james_mower

234 posts

And so it begins...

 

As the dust settles from the Shack build, I opted to build her illustrious predecessor the Lancaster. I opted for the B.I (Far East) version, my last Lancs where built over 35 years ago - both B.III's (Matchbox and Revell's Dambuster version).

 

Made a start today, again as on the Shack I'm using one-side of the fuselage as jig to ensure no alignment issues later on - though there isn't as much to cause problems.

 

Paws4thot

587 posts

Related query - Are those slots in the spars for undercart bay sides?

Personal account - That same Revell Dambuster tool was my first "heavy", about 10 years before you indicate!

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

Uncle Pete

81 posts

As a matter of interest, when did they start putting spars in the wings?  I seem to remember slapping a few heavies together as a kid (c1960) and the wings just went in tab-in-slot.  And thanks for the fuze-side-as-jig idea... That's the sort of tip that can sve a lot of headaches for a newbie like me.

I call it "Recreational Engineering" My wife calls it "Playing \with Toys".

Uncle Pete

81 posts

@Paws4thot

Related query - Are those slots in the spars for undercart bay sides?

Personal account - That same Revell Dambuster tool was my first "heavy", about 10 years before you indicate!

 

Don't know what the parts were called but on mine they hold horizontal components of the undercarriage bay.  (The UC were a bit of a bugger to fit if I remember correctly).  Broke at one of the slots, though... Bit of a weak spot (and a bit of fat-fingers if Im honest).

 

I call it "Recreational Engineering" My wife calls it "Playing \with Toys".

T2B

317 posts

@Uncle Pete

As a matter of interest, when did they start putting spars in the wings?  I seem to remember slapping a few heavies together as a kid (c1960) and the wings just went in tab-in-slot.  And thanks for the fuze-side-as-jig idea... That's the sort of tip that can sve a lot of headaches for a newbie like me.

The original Airfix moulds and tooling from the 1960's onwards used the old style wing-slots or tabs for glueing the wings on and then you had to make sure they stayed in place at the correct angle for ages until the glue dried Undecided.

The correct wing spar tooling has occurred since Hornby took over Airfix about 8 years ago and they used CAD to develop the moulds with very accurate detail. The wing spars aren't used on every new tooling but seem to be used on all the 'heavies'!!

james_mower

234 posts

@Paws4thot

Related query - Are those slots in the spars for undercart bay sides?

Personal account - That same Revell Dambuster tool was my first "heavy", about 10 years before you indicate!

Yes they are and need to be handled with care at this point. The slots in the fuselage a very tight and need a file otherwise you can snap the spar an one of the slots (I did, but managed to fix it)

 

The Revell Dambuster Lanc was a kit my elder Brother started and gave up on - to fiddly for him ;)

 

With regards to Uncle Pete's query about when Airfix started putting spars in wings, I think it was when they started retooling kits - it's certainly a much better set up than the tab and slot.

Paws4thot

587 posts

@james_mower - Thanks about the undercart detail: I'd expected that (and don't presently own a "latest tool Airfix Lanc kit" (latest because I think this is their 3rd or 4th version)).

My Revell was a cereal company freebie! Laughing

@"Uncle Pete" - I'd agree about the spars (or stub spars) dating from the latest batch of new tools, so I'd guess at the last 5 to 10 years. I'd also agree that, subject to the earlier note about them needing "more care in assembly", they're a marked improvement over "tongue and slot" location.

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

james_mower

234 posts

If in doubt, paint it black....

 

 

Currently building up the instrument panel using the Eduard etches, they certainly add some depth compared to the transfers provided. I will endeavour to take a picture once I've finished it.

james_mower

234 posts

Today's progress,

 

Port-side fuselage interior painted and etches added

 

 

Main instrument panel installed and whole sub-assembly ready for installation to the port-side fuselage.

 

 

Using the starboard fuselage for additional alignment, interior floor (etc) is glued in place.

 

 

Looks suspiciously like a Lancaster all of a sudden.

Uncle Pete

81 posts

@james_mower

If in doubt, paint it black....

 

 

Currently building up the instrument panel using the Eduard etches, they certainly add some depth compared to the transfers provided. I will endeavour to take a picture once I've finished it.

Can't see anything inside mine anyway and I didn't even get the glass to stick in the fuselage windows (they're just holes) so you might as well.  I was tempted to put a cup of tea on the map table, though...

I call it "Recreational Engineering" My wife calls it "Playing \with Toys".

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